WASHINGTON D.C. -- Josh Hutcherson will receive the "CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award," it was announced today by CinemaCon's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Hutcherson will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"With an already impressive resume of films under his belt, Hutcherson is one of the most accomplished young actors of his time," noted Neuhauser. "With the release of ‘The Hunger Games,' Hutcherson is poised to take the movie world by storm, and we could not be more excited to present such a talented young actor with the ‘CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award.'"
Hutcherson can currently be seen in what has been one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, "The Hunger Games," which took in an astounding $152.5 million opening weekend at the box office. Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Hutcherson stars as Peeta Mellark, who along with 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), must represent District 12 as "tributes." Mentored by drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), they along with the other tributes must fight one another until one survivor remains. The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks.
Earlier this year, Hutcherson starred in "Journey 2: Mysterious Island," and he can be seen later this year in the upcoming "Red Dawn," "Detention" and "Seven Days in Havana." Additional film credits include "The Kids Are All Right," "The Vampire's Assistant," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Bridge to Terabithia" and "The Polar Express," among many others.
Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today announced that the limited release of The Hunger Games: The IMAX Experience grossed $10.6 million in IMAX® theatres worldwide during its three-day opening weekend beginning March 23. Domestically, the film grossed $152.5 million, of which $10.2 million was generated in 268 IMAX theatres for a per-screen average of $38,000. The results mark an IMAX domestic box office opening weekend record for a digital-only release and for a non-sequel 2D release.
"The reaction to the The Hunger Games has been remarkable and we're thrilled that fans have sought out our format as an ideal way to experience this global phenomenon," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Congratulations to Lionsgate, producer Nina Jacobson and director Gary Ross for this remarkable adaptation - what an amazing way to kick off our relationship."
"We believe the IMAX release of The Hunger Games helped broaden the audience beyond young females to include our core fanboy audience," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. "With sellouts all weekend and IMAX fans coming out in record numbers, these results clearly show that IMAX is a powerful way to eventize a movie."
"We are absolutely thrilled that so many fans saw The Hunger Games in the IMAX format," said Lionsgate's EVP of Distribution and General Sales Manager David Spitz. "The total immersion that IMAX offers surely augmented the gripping story and provided fans with a special way to experience this movie."
The Hunger Games: The IMAX Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it sold 22% of opening weekend ticket sales for "The Hunger Games"- marking the largest share of sales for any movie in Fandango's nearly 12-year history. During the weekend's peak ticket-selling periods, Fandango was selling 17 tickets per second, representing the company's top franchise opener, best-selling March release, top-selling mobile weekend and Fandango's top-selling single day (March 23, 2012) for a movie, besting "The Dark Knight" opening day (July 18, 2008).
Fandango's share of all domestic ticket sales for "The Hunger Games" - which took in a projected domestic box office of $155 million* - reshapes Fandango's list of top five shares of opening weekends. The new record-breaker list is as follows:
1. "The Hunger Games" (2012) - 22%
2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (2011) - 19%
3. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009) - 18%
4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" (2010) - 17%
5. "Sex and the City" (2008) - 16%
Fandango also broke a record with "Hunger" as the movie with the most tickets ever sold on opening weekend via mobile on Fandango; the previous record-holder was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." Friday, March 23 was also the top day for mobile ticket sales in Fandango history.
"Fandango's record- breaking percentage of the film's opening weekend is a testament to the growing popularity of online and mobile ticketing as the way to go to the movies," says Fandango Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Butler. "It's rare to see the first film in a franchise performing like an established sequel, but ‘The Hunger Games' is a true phenomenon. Fans have given it our highest ‘Must Go!" rating, with Web and mobile ticket sales still going strong on Monday."
According to a Fandango online survey of thousands of moviegoers, 62% of "Hunger Games" fans plan to see the movie more than once in the theater, indicating repeat viewings throughout the week. As of Monday, the film still accounts for 87% of all daily tickets sold on Fandango.
*Estimated box office info from Boxoffice.com.